Ecowas avoids Gambia vote, says it may not be free

November 23, 2011 10:55


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ABUJA - The West African regional group ECOWAS has accused Gambia's government of intimidating opposition groups and warned that the run-up to the country's November 24 election has not been "conducive" to a free and fair vote.

As a result, ECOWAS will not send an election observer mission to the country, the group said in a statement that was sent to journalists on Wednesday.

The statement was a rare expression of pre-election criticism by the regional body ahead of the Gambian vote that President Yahya Jammeh is widely expected to win.

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